Ex Parte Colrain et al - Page 1



                   The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                   
                                            precedent of the Board.                                            

                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                             
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                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                              
                                           AND INTERFERENCES                                                   
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                      Ex parte CAROL LYNDALL COLRAIN and DAVID BROWER                                          
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                                               Appeal 2007-1476                                                
                                             Application 10/308,866                                            
                                            Technology Center 2100                                             
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                                             Decided: July 24, 2007                                            
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                Before ANITA PELLMAN GROSS, JAY P. LUCAS, and MARC S. HOFF,                                    
                Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                  
                GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                            


                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                                        STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                  
                      Colrain and Brower (Appellants) appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                        
                the Examiner's Final Rejection of claims 1 through 4, 6, 9 through 35, 37,                     
                and 40 through 48, which are all of the claims pending in this application.                    
                      Appellants' invention relates generally to resource management of                        
                networked systems.  (See Specification 2.)  Claim 1 is illustrative of the                     
                claimed invention, and it reads as follows:                                                    




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